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Westinghouse to build nuclear fuel plant in Ukraine

Staff Writer | August 4, 2016
Ukraine has agreed an increase in supplies of nuclear fuel with Westinghouse and building a nuclear fuel plant in Ukraine to avoid dependence on Russia.
Nuclear energy   Energoatom operates all four active NPPs in Ukraine
Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Ihor Nasalyk recalled that at present Russia supplies almost 95% of nuclear fuel to Ukrainian nuclear power plants (NPPs). The minister specified that Westinghouse is ready to discuss building of the nuclear plant in Ukraine.

"On August 18 I will fly to Kazakhstan where I will discuss, among other issues, the completion of the nuclear fuel plant in Ukraine. We have two sources. When we have two, it is better to work," he said.

As reported, in order to diversify sources of nuclear fuel supply for the country's NPPs, Energoatom jointly with Westinghouse in 2000 launched the project for the qualification of this company's fuel.

In March 2008 Energoatom and Westinghouse Electric Sweden signed a commercial contract to ship fresh fuel to three or six reactors of Ukrainian NPPs in 2011-2015. In April 2014, the sides prolonged the contract until 2020.

At present, the Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP's reactor three and Zaporizhia NPP's reactor five are the only reactors that run on Westinghouse fuel. A plan to broaden the use of upgraded Westinghouse nuclear fuel assemblies (WR fuel assemblies) involves their use at reactor two of Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP in December 2016.

Energoatom operates all four active NPPs in Ukraine. It runs 15 power units equipped with pressurized water reactors with a total installed capacity of 13.835 gigawatts.